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Phil Ivey loses $12.4 million edge sorting case against Crockford's

8 October 2014

Phil Ivey has lost his $12.4 million (£7.7 million) edge sorting case against Crockford's in London.

Ivey won the money playing Punto Banco, a form of baccarat. He made several requests from the casino that would allow him to gain a greater edge in the game.

However, the High Court of Justice in England ruled Wednesday that edge sorting amounted to cheating in civil law.

"He gave himself an advantage which the game precludes," Judge John Mitting said in his verdict. "This is, in my view, cheating."

The judge also called Ivey a "truthful witness" in his decision.

"I am obviously disappointed with this judge's decision," Ivey told itv through a spokesman. "As I said in court, it is not my nature to cheat and I would never do anything to risk my reputation. I am pleased that the judge acknowledged in court that I was a truthful witness."

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